The 8 best sites for free Samples and Loops

With hundreds-of-thousands of samples available across the web it’s hard to find the best ones for your mix, so we’ve compiled a collection of the best places to get samples – Oh, and they’re all free!

Converse Rubber Tracks

Converse’s Rubber Tracks is a collection of recording studios around the world that offers up-and-coming artists a free recording session with Rubber Track’s studio engineers. Last year Converse launched the Rubber Track sample library, a massive collection of free samples from their sessions, all royalty free and regularly updated with each recording session.

Converse partnered with Indaba Music on Rubber Tracks to offer over 40,000 high quality samples, hits and loops. So what are you waiting for? Discover them now!

Converse Rubber Tracks sample library

Sample Radar


Sample Radar is a GIANT collection of packs from the digital music news site Music Radar. Sample Radar has a massive collection of packs sorted by type, for example acoustic guitar samples, drum and bass samples, analogue circuit samples, bitcrush, chillout, reggae guitar, deep dub and a whole lot more.

Overall Sample Radar has almost 60,000 samples, potentially more by the time you’re reading this as they are constantly adding more packs and sounds. No matter what sound you’re looking for you are sure to find it amongst Sample Radar’s mammoth library of royalty-free, high quality samples.

Music Radar’s Sample Radar



Looperman is slightly different to Music Radar and Converse’s sample packs as Looperman is completely community-driven. Looperman has a ridiculous amount of samples that users have created and uploaded over the years for free use by anyone.

The best and worst thing about Looperman is you never know what you’re going to get with each sample. There’s a deep search function so that you can sift through the so-far 67,000+ uploaded samples. Take a look at what they have on offer for yourself.



Wavy Audio samples royalty free copyright sampling instruments

Wavy doesn’t quite have the gargantuan libraries of the other selections in the list, in fact it only has 18 packs, but give it a chance. It’s appropriately named Wavy for it’s wavy sounds and groovy vibes with each pack containing uniquely atmospheric sounds.

From ‘#hydroelectric’ to ‘#basaltic’ each collection of samples from Wavy creates it’s own soundscapes. Each pack also features a short and sweet description, not of the sounds but of the feelings the creator got from the pack. For example #hydroelectric is described as –

“A ten-story cherry red stratocaster swells with electricity at the epicentre of a lightning storm. Power lines gyrate in sinusoidal unison. Transformers explode for miles and miles”

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BBC 1Xtra Sample Bank

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Did you know that BBC offered their own collection of music samples for a free download? Nor did I until recently. Unfortunately it seems to have been forgotten about and is no longer updated, but the page is still there for you to explore and download their free .wav samples.

The BBC’s collection of over 1,000 samples are split up into genre and type, including Drums, Bass, FX and a collection of Instruments, pads, and others. There isn’t an outrageous choice but there’s enough to keep you busy for a long while, and it’s the BBC so you can trust each sample to be high quality and sound great.

BBC 1Xtra Sample Bank


Samplephonics are an excellent source for high quality samples with enough range to make everyone happy, no matter your style. Whilst they primarily offer brilliant paid sample packs Samplephonics feature loads of “freebie” packs which are essentially scaled down versions of their full premium sample packs.

There are packs for everything from one shots to drum and bass clips, ambient noise to club grooves. With Samplephonics you know you’re getting some brilliant sounds and if you really love a pack you have the option to pay for the full version, but with the amount of free packs you should be satisfied for a while.

Samplephonics freebies

Function Loops

Function Loops also offer free packs alongside a giant collection of paid samples. They don’t have the largest free collection by any means but each pack is loaded with quality samples from epic glitched vocals to psytrance loops.

Function Loops packs are aimed primarily at EDM producers, showing which styles each pack is best for in the description, but that doesn’t mean with a little creativity you can’t use these awesome sounds. Just get creative with it!

Function Loops free packs


HipHopMakers may just be the best site on the list. Whilst they don’t offer their own packs they collect together the best samples and sample packs that they find in regularly uploaded lists. Not just a source for high quality samples but also a constant source for new sites offering samples.

For an example of what they offer the latest sample collection features Kanye West and DJ mustard inspired loops and sounds. Other lists cover brilliant drum samples (like the 10,000 free drum samples in the video above), instrument loops, vocal samples and acapellas, and much more. Explore their lists for yourself and you are guaranteed to find gold.


So there you have our collection of the best places to find free samples and loops for your tracks and mixes. Are there any sites you think should have been included? Share them down in the comments below!

Natif – Featured Artist of the Week 19th October 2016

Natif, an alternative acoustic 6-piece group from Transylvania, are this week’s featured artist for their irresistibly upbeat folky ballads.

Natif was founded in 2011 in Cluj-Napoca, the ‘unofficial capital’ of the Transylvanian region in Romania. The band came together not just to play music but “with the purpose of creating and promoting upbeat acoustic brit-folk music in a musical environment that was lacking someone with this direction.”

Since forming the band have released two albums; the brilliant acoustic ‘Stories and Impressions‘ in 2012, and then in 2013 they diversified their music with electric instruments and blues influences on the excellent ‘Strange Times‘. After a brief hiatus the band returned in 2015 to take their music further with the addition of a cello and a full drum kit, whereas before they used a cajon.

Natif are now made up of Andrei Crecan (vocals), Marius Stefan (acoustic guitar), Stefan Horodnic (electric guitar), Adrian Ardelean (bass), Cristian Bordei (drums), Teodora Slevoaca (Cello). Not just a band but promoters of happiness Natif recently found themselves Smile Ambassadors on Catch A Smile Day in August.

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Earlier this month on the 15th October Natif celebrated their 5th anniversary as a band together, saying on their facebook: “5 years ago this day, Natif went first on the scene. All this time I was growing up, we’ve changed, I made music and met beautiful people. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our story at this time :) There’s still more to come!”. (translated from Romanian)

We look forward to hearing where they take their music next but for now listen to a live performance of their latest single Songs and Serenades for BalconyTV:


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Tora – Featured Artist of the Week 12th October 2016

Australian indie/electronic group Tora are this week’s featured artist for their unique blend of electronic music and indie rock topped with harmonious vocals reminiscent of James Blake.

Hailing from Byron Bay in Australia, 5-piece indie band Tora are quickly finding international success for their incredible, detailed electronic production, combined with raw indie vibes and gorgeous vocals. With a range of inspirations including Bon Iver, Little Dragon, and Toro Y Moi the band have found their own sound between the energy of electronic music and the chilled atmosphere of indie rock.

Tora achieved their final form as the 5-piece band they are today in 2013 before creating their debut EP in a garage. Tora began creating the concept for their group a year earlier in 2012, deriving their band name for the Greek word “τώρα” which means ‘now’.

Since then Tora have amassed a giant fanbase with millions of plays on SoundCloud and hundreds-of-thousands of listeners every month on Spotify alone. Last year Tora went on a giant worldwide tour that spanned 193 days, visiting 18 countries and nearly 100 cities. For their European leg the guys created a tour diary of their journey and experience, check it out below.

Tora are already seeing great levels of success and with their brilliantly crafted and unique music, combined with their energetic live shows the only way is further up for them. We can’t wait to see what they release next but for the time being chill out to their latest tune ‘Poly Amor’:


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Koni – Featured RouteNote Artist of the Week 6th October 2016

This week’s featured artist is German producer Koni for his unique remixes that can transform everything from Coldplay to Drake into dance hits.

Koni is constantly working to create tracks that feature his unique style of tropical and house music, dropping hit after hit throughout the year. His signature sound can be found on remixes of all the hottest tracks from Drake’s One Dance to The Weeknd’s new track Starboy.

A talented musician not just behind the computer but on guitar and keys too, Koni fuses electronic styles taking influence from dancehall to urban. For his remixes Koni completely recreates tracks with his personal flare recruiting from a selection of brilliant vocalists to feature on his remix tracks.

Check out Koni’s remix of DJ Snake’s Let Me Love You using Emma Heester‘s brilliant cover of Justin Bieber’s vocals.

Koni’s excellent mixes have earned him millions of plays on SoundCloud and a following of house lovers who can’t resist the feel good music constantly coming out from Koni. With over 300,000 listeners on Spotify every month the only way is further up for Koni from here and we can’t wait to keep following his music and is it evolves with every track.


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RouteNote Interviews: Gentleman’s Dub Club at Hospitality In The Park

Last weekend I was invited to Hospital Records’ London drum and bass day festival Hospitality in the Park and interviewed the incredibly talented dub/hip-hop group Gentleman’s Dub Club.

Gentleman’s Dub Club are a 9 piece group playing energy infused reggae, dub and hip-hop hailing from Leeds in the UK. Known for their exhilarating live shows the band have gone from local performances to massive stages at venues around the world.

In their time they’ve supported a variety of massive acts that reflect their fusion of genres, having supported Roots Manuva, The Streets, The Wailers, U-Roy and many others. Last year Gentleman’s Dub Club released their well received second album ‘The Big Smoke’ cementing their legacy as one of the UK’s hottest Dub/reggae bands.

I got to see them at Hospital Record’s celebration of the best in drum & bass – Hospitality In The Park. Hospital and their live brand Hospitality have hosted unforgettable drum and bass events around the world but Hospitality In The Park marked their first full outdoor event in the UK. It was a testament to the amazing drum and bass acts coming out of Hospital Records.

After their incredible performance at Hospitality In The Park I got to have a chat with Jonathan Scratchley, lead vocalist and rapper, and Kieren Gallager, the band’s saxophonist. They spoke to me about performing at Hospitality In The Park, the bands progression and it’s future, and finished off with an exclusive vocal jam – beats provided by Kieren, rapping from Jonathan.

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